70,000 Ugandans to Benefit from Free Medical services by Rotary and Centenary Bank

Kampala – Up to 70,000 Ugandans suffering from different health diseases are set to receive free medical care following the launch of the 2018 Rotary Family Health Days (RFHDs) by Rotary Uganda and Centenary Bank on Thursday.

According to Rotary District D9211, the beneficiaries will receive free medical treatment and checkups starting April 21, the first day of RFHDs, which shall be conducted under the theme: Good Health, Happy Families.

The health days shall commence on 21st April 2018 at St. Janan Luwum Kikubamutwe, in Kabalagala. Upon launch, designated medical sites/camps will offer both specialized and general services in the areas of Cancer screening (cervical, breast, and prostate); Child immunization and nutrition; Family planning and maternal health; HIV/AIDs counseling and testing; Dental services (mainly examination and extraction); Optical services; Malaria testing and treatment; Safe male circumcision; Health education and Blood donation. These services will be conducted by a team of medical professionals from the Health fraternity around the country.

In 2017, over 43,722 patients were attended to while this year is targeted to reach over 70,000 people from a minimum of 80 locations country wide. Over 90 Rotary districts are expected to participate, up from 80 last year, according to Rotary.

Speaking at the media launch, Rtn. Fulugensioyo Jjuko, The District Chairperson Kampala-Nsambya noted that Rotary has been tasked to ensure the delivery of high quality medical services to the beneficiaries. “Quality is in ensuring that Family Health Days are run as per standards set by Ministry of Health, that the professional and qualified medical practitioners are registered under Uganda Medical & Dental Practitioner’s Council, while drugs, medical supplies and equipment are as per National Drug Authority standards.

In her remarks Centenary Bank’s General Manager Business Development and Marketing, Mrs. Beatrice Lugalambi said: “The last seven years have seen a number of successful activities between Centenary Bank and Rotary D9211. Together with Nsambya hospital, have screened over 7,000 women and enlightened millions through cancer parades, the cancer runs, brochures, the media, building the cancer ward in Nsambya and supporting health centres here and upcountry with testing kits.” She handed over the bank’s sponsorship of up to shs40 million towards the health days and announced a commitment of shs250 million towards cancer related initiatives in Uganda this year. The money shall be channeled to Rotary through ‘Bridging the Cancer Gap, the bank’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility Programme. According to the Uganda Cancer Institute, Uganda records an annual load of more than 60,000 new cancer cases.
“I take this opportunity to encourage you to attend the family health days with members of your communities. Encourage relatives, friends all over the country to go to a center near them where the exercise shall be carried out,” she said. Rotary is expected to provide the list of centres which will be made available on the bank’s website and social media platforms
Relatedly, Rotary International confirmed a contribution of USD 73,000 donation to the health days. The support announced by Rtn. Micheal Blake, an Attorney by profession and a Chartered member of Rotary.

About the Rotary Family Health Days
Rotary Family Health program promotes healthy living and disease prevention by implementing a massive, annual campaign in four countries in Africa that provides comprehensive, free health care services tens of thousands of people in underprivileged communities. The program is implemented in Uganda, South Africa, Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana and very recently Tanzania. It has also been rolled out in India and the Philippines. Since its inception in 2011, the programme, a vision of Past District Governor Stephen Mwanje, has reached out to over five hundred thousand people (500,000) in Uganda. Many of the beneficiaries cite inadequate medical facilities in their localities as a major hindrance to proper medical care.

About Centenary Bank;
Centenary Bank is Uganda’s leading commercial microfinance bank with 70 branches and 175 ATMs across the country. We have been trusted by over 1.4 million customers, a third of the total banking population in Uganda. Our mission is to provide appropriate financial services especially Micro-finance to all people in a sustainable manner and in accordance with the law.

For more information contact:
Allen Ayebare,
Chief Manager, Corporate Affairs and Communications,
Centenary Bank,
P.O BOX 1892 Kampala, UGANDA
Tel: 0312202114/ 0417202114
Fax: 0414251276/7
Email: allen.ayebare@centenarybank.co.ug
Website: www.centenarybank.co.ug